Students Present Med-Tech, Global Health Solutions at Johns Hopkins BME/CBID Design Day 2015

Students Present Med-Tech, Global Health Solutions at Johns Hopkins BME/CBID Design Day 2015

Participants in the 2015 BME/CBID Design Day include students from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

More than 100 Johns Hopkins students spent the past year developing medical technology and global health innovations that address some of today’s most pressing health care issues. Their products included a spirometer, SpiroSense, that helps diagnose respiratory conditions of patients in developing countries, and a device, DrinkSync, for measuring hydration in patients suffering from chronic ailments.

The 21 teams—eight graduate and 13 undergraduate—presented their innovations at the sixth annual Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Design Day on May 5.

“Design Day 2015 was a very special one for us,” says Youseph Yazdi, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at The Johns Hopkins University and executive director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). “We dedicated fundraising during the day to maternity clinics in Nepal who host our CBID students each year and who are dealing with the aftermath of the recent earthquake,” he adds.

This past year, some students designed medical technologies for the U.S. market, while others created global health products for use in developing countries. For technologies to be used in the U.S., teams worked with Johns Hopkins clinicians who acted as advisors, while teams working on devices for developing countries were assisted by corporate sponsors and nonprofits, such as Jhpiego, an international health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. Global health students traveled to places as far away as Nepal and India for research and development.

This year’s graduate teams developed the following products:

  • An assistive device for non-image-guided central venous access
  • CardiON: a home monitoring system for heart failure management
  • DrinkSync: a hydration status monitor for chronic patients
  • A neonatal vital signs monitoring system
  • Renalert: a real-time monitor for acute kidney injury
  • Rural Health Kiosk: a system for providing primary care to rural India
  • A training system for vaginal examination and fetal head assessment
  • Tremtex: neurostimulation devices for the management of Parkinson’s disease symptoms


The undergraduate teams developed:

  • A laparoscopic fascia closure device
  • A novel assistive device for lower limb prostheses
  • A novel stem cell delivery device
  • A novel technology to mitigate scissoring gait in cystic fibrosis patients
  • A novel tracheal stent
  • A self-contained uterine contraction monitor for low-resource clinical settings
  • A surgical tool to reduce complications associated with spinal revision surgery
  • An early screening tool for preterm labor
  • Pranapulse: a deskilled EKG for low-resource clinical settings
  • Regulaire: a closed-loop oxygen controller for premature infants
  • SpiroSense: a deskilled spirometer for low-resource settings
  • TenoSlice: a novel tool to harvest tendons
  • The CITT Kit: a kit of deskilling contraceptive implantation and removal procedures

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